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Postbaccalaureate Applicants

The application: an overview

The Postbaccalaureate Study Program is a non degree, non certificate program, open to men and women. Most postbaccalaureate students take courses at Wellesley to prepare for medical or graduate school, or to make a career change. Whatever their interests and future plans, postbaccalaureate students choose Wellesley because the College offers an outstanding balance of academic rigor and support especially suited to their needs.

Wellesley’s stimulating intellectual community and strong curriculum provide outstanding preparation for graduate study in almost any discipline. Small classes and labs and an excellent teaching faculty make Wellesley the perfect environment to brush up on knowledge and skills and to meet entrance requirements.

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Is the postbaccalaureate program for me?

If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, but seek further undergraduate studies for a specific purpose, the Postbaccalaureate Study Program at Wellesley is designed for you.

Please note: Wellesley does not permit people to earn a second bachelor's degree from the College. If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree, regardless of the institution where you earned it, you are not allowed to apply to Wellesley for a second degree. Women and men may apply. Campus housing is not available for postbaccalaureate students.

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Similarities to and differences from traditional-age students

Postbaccalaureate students attend daytime classes alongside traditional-age undergraduates, and whether they choose to study on a part- or full-time basis, they have access to the full support of Wellesley’s Continuing Education network and to all the facilities and services of Wellesley College, from the sports center to the computer labs.

While the College supports postbaccalaureate students in nearly the same ways that it supports traditional-age students, there are some differences. For example, priority for class enrollment is given first to traditional upper-class students and then to entering students each semester; due to our small class sizes, the College cannot guarantee registration for any specific course to postbaccalaureate students.

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Academic advising

The dean of Continuing Education will serve as the postbaccalaureate students’ overall academic advisor throughout their studies. Faculty in the individual departments will guide students as they plan their specific academic program. The health professions advisor will assist students who are enrolling in premedical studies coursework.

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